Industry welcomes Office for Nuclear Regulation

The UK Nuclear Industry has warmly welcomed the Government’s announcement of the creation of an independent Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).

Keith Parker, Chief Executive of the NIA

Keith Parker, chief executive of the Nuclear Industry Association commented:

“We believe it is vital if the UK is to deal effectively with the new challenges resulting from the new build programme and our growing decommissioning and nuclear legacy activities.” The NIA represents some 250 nuclear companies and 53,000 nuclear workers in the UK and has backed reform of the regulator and the creation of a Statutory Corporation.

“We would urge the government to bring forward the necessary legislation in a timely manner to ensure creation of the Office for Nuclear Regulation in its final format as quickly as possible. The industry supports this move on the grounds that it would deliver a forward-looking organisation with clear lines of accountability and independence required for world-class regulation at such a critical time for the UK’s nuclear industry,” added Mr. Parker.

The NIA’s views were backed by Alan Brandwood, Chair of the Safety Directors Forum - a forum for senior executives from the UK’s operational nuclear companies. Mr Brandwood commented: “Whilst we look forward to seeing the detail, the Government is to be congratulated on taking this important step towards creating a modern, effective, sustainable and efficient regulator for the nuclear industry. A consolidation of responsibility for much of the safety and security regulation in one independent, statutory body will provide clarity and certainty for the industry while at the same time giving the general public confidence that the sector is being properly scrutinised.”

He added: “The industry has shown its support for the new proposals by agreeing to take on the extra costs associated with them and we look forward to working with Government to see them fully implemented in the very near future.”

Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 17

Summer 2020 // Issue 53
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